Megan Kinley

UNBC/Parks Canada
Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaluis Engelm.) is a high-elevation tree species that is federally listed as endangered under the Species at Risk Act (SARA), and acts as a keystone species in alpine environments. Threatened by a multitude of pressures, including the exotic pathogen white pine blister rust (Cronartium ribicola), mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae), fire suppression regimes, and climate change, it is on the brink of extinction throughout its range. The planting of blister rust resistant seedlings has been identified as a critical action in the restoration of whitebark pine.  Following a massive wildfire in Kootenay National Park in 2017, 1000 whitebark pine seedlings were planted in an attempt to improve regeneration of the species in the park. The following year, these seedlings were revisited to determine the health and mortality of planted individuals. This presentation will examine the findings of this study, as well as discuss management implications and whitebark pine ecology.

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Tuesday, December 4